Inaugural Flint River Roll to Kickoff Marathon Weekend

Feb 26, 2016

ALBANY, GA – The City of Albany and Dougherty County in collaboration with the Pecan City Pedalers are excited to bring the Flint River Roll to Downtown Albany on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

“It is great to see collaborative efforts like this between private citizens, organizations, and local government which serve to not only highlight Albany-Dougherty County’s assets, but further to promote wellness and community connectivity,” said Chris Cohilas, chairman of the Dougherty County Commission. “Albany-Dougherty County is a community that is rapidly becoming a fitness-destination. We have tremendous natural resources, great weather, and a dedication to hospitality that make us an ideal destination for cyclists, runners, kayakers, and other outdoor sports enthusiasts.  There are not many places where you can go that have the hospitable ‘feel’ of a small town, while also having the infrastructure and natural resources that can support these types of activities. I am thrilled to see our cycling community participating in this event and am further glad to see that it is being held downtown, where both the City and the County have made strategic investments to promote community connectivity and wellness-activities. There truly is Only One Albany.”

The Flint River Roll is a family oriented slow roll bicycling event that gives the entire community the opportunity to join in a fun family oriented activity. All types of bicycles and all ages are welcomed, but helmets are required. There will be experienced riders from the Pecan City Pedalers to help those that might need a refresher on riding.

“Slow Roll is a global movement founded in 2010 as Slow Roll Detroit in Detroit, Michigan and is now in hundreds of cities throughout the United States,” said Lonnie Wormley, bicycle advocate and membership director of the Pecan City Pedalers. “I experienced this concept when I lived in Portland, Oregon. The slow roll is about cycling while having fun, making new friends and doing something that’s healthy all at the same time. It’s also a great way to promote Albany as a bicycle friendly city.”

The Flint River Roll is free and will start in front of the Albany Welcome Center located at 125 N. Front St. To make the slow roll even more exciting, music will be played along the route and hotdogs will be served at the end of the ride. 

Decorate your bikes with lights and join us for a good time as we take a 1- ½ mile scenic night ride through historic downtown Albany. “It’s encouraging to have a group of citizens that are bringing their love of bike riding to the downtown Albany area,” said Dorothy Hubbard, mayor of the City of Albany. “I hope the bike riders that are participating in the Flint River Roll will make this a monthly event and encourage their friends and family to join them in future rides. Events of this nature are a healthy and fun way to come together and enjoy the scenes of downtown Albany.”

The Flint River Roll will kickoff the 10th Anniversary of the Snickers Marathon and is sure to be a great family fun event celebrating wellness. 


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